de Young Cafe

Overall Rating: 3.800


Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
Cross Street(s): John F Kennedy & Martin Luther King Jr. Drs., Golden Gate Park
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94101
Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
Phone: 415.750.2614
Hours: Tu-Th 9:30am-5:15pm; F 9:30am-8:45pm; Sa-Su 9:30am-5:15pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 4.00
Barista: 3
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 5
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astra
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 3
Body: 6
Brightness: 5
Crema: 2
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: -1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Peet's Coffee & Tea
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 11/28/2008
First Reviewed: 11/28/2008
Notes: Temperature Control Problems

Review
Somewhat typical museum café (attached to the De Young Museum). There's a lot of cafeteria-style seating besides a sculpture-filled patio. Although they offer hot meals, the system is a bit of a mess as you either bring up items or order at the register. The espresso machines, two-group Astras, are at opposite sides of the food serving area, behind different registers. They are rather sloppy with their machines - often using only one portafilter, and operating equipment that is not only cheap but needs servicing. They pulled shots extremely high in a mismatched small cup and huge (Steelite) saucer. It had a faded medium brown crema that left only a ring around the rim of the cup (leaving it 'bald' in the center), and the quality of the crema reflects a machine in need of cleaning. Not only are they sloppy with their choice of serving cups, but there's a bit of coffee spillage and even grounds left on the saucer. Also, the serving temperature is far too high. Not surprisingly, the flavor is mostly ashy, but it's not awfully bitter.